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Five types of shoes you need to buy for S/S ’20

From strappy sandals to the revival of “barely there” heels, we give you a run down on five of the best shoe trends at S/S ’20
 

1. Strappy Sandals

Photos: Bottega Veneta, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sportmax

The motto of “less is more” and “show more skin” was fully embraced for S/S. Worn with dresses, pants and skirts, all sorts of strappy footwear showed up at the runways of S/S ’20

While the sandals at Daniel Lee’s Bottega Veneta featured a sleek and sharp heel, those at Salvatore Ferragamo and Sportmax had a chunky block heel that’s definitely comfortable for walking.

 

2. Mary Janes

Photos: Prada, Showbit/Maison Margiela, Showbit/Bora Aksu

First introduced in the early 20th Century for children, Mary Janes have evolved into ladylike and proper footwear for adults. This season sees a resurgence of this style in bright colours, so it doesn’t feel like you’re going to school.

Prada gave it a casual spin by decking it with silver. Maison Margiela kept it classic with a glossy black patent sheen. Bora Aksu’s red slippers were reminiscence of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz.

 

3. ’90s barely-there heels 

Photos: Showbit/Helmut Lang, Showbit/Jacquemus, Versace

The naked heel sees a reappearance this Spring. It may look similar to strappy sandals, but the stark difference between the barely-there heels to its sandal counterpart is the lack of excessive straps.

Both Helmut Lang and Versace opted for the safe but sexy black, while Jacquemus injected a splash of summer zest with punchy orange.

 

4. Flatforms

Photos: Showbit/Tibi, Kate Spade, Fendi

Here’s a little background on flatforms, in case you didn’t know what they are: it has the same elevated sole of a platform shoe, but is essentially flat from toe to heel. In layman terms, it means all day comfort.

While Tibi went with something that played with curves and lines elegantly, the flatforms at Kate Spade New York and Fendi were bold and fun – definitely suitable for the weekends.

 

5. Raffia Sandals

Photos: Showbit/JW Anderson, Valentino, Dior

We dare say that a pair of raffia sandals is the quintessential shoe for summer, much like how a straw purse is for the bag category.

The S/S ’20 runways saw an abundance of woven sandals. JW Anderson added the multi-coloured ropes to elicit nautical fisherman vibes, while Valentino went with full alabaster and Dior left it organic with a flattering nude tone.

 

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